Divorce breaks down into four primary terms that directly affect your parental and financial rights. If you are facing a divorce, protecting these rights is primary, and you shouldn’t delay reaching out to consult with an experienced divorce attorney in Schaumburg.
Your divorce will be utterly unique to you, but the basic terms that need to be resolved are always the same (as applicable). Within each of these terms, however, complications that are specific to your situation are very likely to rise. The four primary terms of divorce include:
Parental responsibilities correlate with what many states call legal custody, and they determine if you and your children’s other parent will be making primary decisions about your children’s lives together (one of you may have the authority to break a tie) or if one of you will take on sole responsibility. There is also the option of dividing this responsibility according to the kind of decision that is being made.
Parenting time, on the other hand, determines when the children will live with you in your home and when they will live with their other parent. The basic choices include the children living primarily with one of you (while the other has visitation) and dividing your parenting time more evenly. When the court makes decisions regarding children, their best interests are always primary (as determined by the state’s best interest factors).
Child support helps to ensure that both parents continue supporting their children financially in accordance with their ability to do so. While a wide range of factors can influence child support, the primary concerns are the amount of time you each spend with the kids and each parent’s income. In the end, the parent who earns more generally has the child support responsibility.
Those assets that you and your spouse acquire as a married couple belong to both of you and are deemed marital property by the courts. These assets – regardless of who makes the purchase or who makes use of the asset – must be distributed between you in a way that is deemed fair (given the applicable circumstances) upon divorce. While separate property remains separate, the dividing line between separate and marital property can be thin at best.
Alimony will only be awarded in your divorce if one of you is unable to support yourself financially post-divorce and if the other has the financial stability to help.
The divorce attorneys at SAM LAW OFFICE LLC in Schaumburg have the experience and legal savvy to help protect your parental and financial rights – in pursuit of favorable divorce terms that work for you. Your case is important, so please do not hesitate to contact us for more information today.